Anneke Rautenbach is a writer, editor and doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at NYU, where she is completing a dissertation on the role of the public intellectual in southern Africa, focusing on flashpoint moments in recent history when language played a particularly dynamic role -- from anticolonial prophecy to nationalist sloganeering, to the metaphors of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Her academic interests began with her work in journalism, and she holds an MA in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU. She is a 2022 recipient of the Robert Holmes Award for African Scholarship and a 2020 recipient of the Alpine Fellowship for Cross-Disciplinary Scholarship of the Contemporary Age. She is also a co-editor of Barricade: A Journal of Antifascism and Translation. As an NYU-Mellon Public Humanities Fellow for the 2022-2023 academic year, she is based at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), where she is conducting research towards the development of future humanities programming that better utilizes BAM's extensive archives and makes them accessible to a wider public.